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Beverly in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

Hospital Point Lighthouse

Established 1872

Hospital Point Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2009
1. Hospital Point Lighthouse Marker
Inscription.  Hospital Point Light was constructed and first lighted in 1872 to help guide vessels into Salem and Beverly Harbors. The original two-story keeper's house and oil house are still being used.

The name Hospital Point stems from a smallpox hospital built on this site in 1801. The hospital, used as a barracks in the War of 1812, burned down in 1849. A watch house was built on these grounds as early as 1711. The "J" Shaped earth-work fort, which still stands, was built on the upper grounds in 1775.

The lighthouse was automated in 1947 and still serves as a Federal Aid to Navigation. The Light Keeper's House is home to the First Coast Guard District Commander and his or her family.

Construction Material Brick with granite foundation
Tower Height: 45 feet
Height and Focal Plane: 70 Feet
Characteristic: Fixed White
Optic: 3 1/2 Order Fresnel Lens

Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: LandmarksWar of 1812War, US Revolutionary
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Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
Location. 42° 32.776′ N, 70° 51.381′ W. Marker is in Beverly, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is on Bay View Road, 0.2 miles south of Neptune Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Bay View Road, Beverly MA 01915, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hospital Point Light / Honor the Valiant Men (a few steps from this marker); Salem Willows (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hale Farm (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rev. John Hale House (approx. 0.9 miles away); On "The Line" 1880-1940 (approx. one mile away); Salem Willows Park Opens for Business (approx. 1.1 miles away); Beverly Korean War Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Memorial Bell (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beverly.
Also see . . .  Hospital Point Range Front, MA. This web link is made available by (Submitted on August 8, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
Hospital Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dale K. Benington, July 30, 2009
2. Hospital Point Lighthouse
View of the Hospital Point Lighthouse. The hill behind the lighthouse is where the Revolutionary War era and War of 1812 era fortifications would have been located.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,451 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 7, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 21, 2023